Gaming benefits you should learn about
If you suffered long and painful lectures on how games will ruin your life or how they are not doing you any good, you are not alone. Most people don’t realize just how much games are beneficial to those who play them.
If you are a gamer, you can read the following facts and be happy about the fact that you liked video games since you were a child and dismissed all the crazy comments by ignorant people. However, if you never played games in your life, it’s never too late to start.
So, what are these gaming benefits? Well, there are a lot of them, but here we will talk about a few:
- Gaming can slow your aging process
Elders benefit from this one the most. Brain games, which involve problem-solving, memory and puzzles can help improve the cognitive functioning. Participants who played only ten hours received benefits which lasted for more than a few years.
- Games can help ease the pain
It’s a common thing that being distracted helps ease the pain simply because we aren’t focusing on it. That’s what the games do best, but it’s not the only reason why they can be good for you during painful times. By playing games, you can actually produce a painkilling response in your higher cortical system. The more immersive the game is, the better.
- You will make friends
Some people are simply too shy in the real world, and they have problems meeting people. Maybe they are insecure about the way they look, or the way their voices sound. Some people are simply terrified of large crowds and could never force themselves to approach a group of people they hardly know. Many things can go wrong in the real world, and a lot of people tend to hide their true colors. However, in the game, you don’t have your real name, nobody knows you, most conversations can be made in a one on one fashion and people usually have no reason to lie. People will actually be more helpful in games toward strangers than they would be in real life.
Some friendships formed through games last a lifetime, and if nothing else, games can also be a catalyst for friends to meet in person.
- Games can curb cravings
Whether it be overeating, smoking or drinking, games can help you indulge in such activities a lot less simply because you won’t think of them. While playing a game, you will focus on what you are doing and won’t think about anything in the outside world. This effect is stronger the more engaging the game is
- Games can reduce stress
For the same reason you will eat less, smoke less or drink less while you game, you will probably stress less too. Games will take you away on that magical journey where you have everything under control. You will feel safe; it will be fun, and it will keep you occupied. In most cases, we worry about the things we can’t influence, and it’s doing us no good, so if you worry too much, maybe it’s time you distracted yourself by gaming.